ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza has said that the year 2019 was challenging for eradication of polio and now the country was implementing the IMB recommendations.
During a meeting of Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) on Polio Eradication, he said that they have the full support of the Nation Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) as well as the top offices of the country including the prime minister and chief ministers.
On Monday, the National Institute of Health (NIH) had confirmed another polio case in Sindh taking the total tally in the province to 19 and 57 in the country. Earlier, in April, the health authorities had suspended the polio campaign due to the surge of Covid-19 in the country. 147 polio cases were recorded last year. As per laboratory reports, the fresh case emerged from district Malir, Karachi and confirmed in a 60-month-old male child.
According to the official data, in 2020, three cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 19 in Sindh, 21 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 14 in Balochistan.